Chateaux of the Loire Valley
SPLENDORS OF EUROPE offers this luxury escorted tour to the Loire Valley France. This is a small group luxury tour of the Loire Valley that includes chateau accommodations, walking tours, and excursions which highlight architecture, art, history and the chateaux of the Loire Valley. This tour has a regional focus and provides wonderful in-depth cultural experiences. Two professional escorts ensure that everyone in our small group of 12 or less has a friendly and personally rewarding personalized experience. Travel to the Loire Valley from Paris by first class high speed train where you’ll enjoy in-depth cultural and grand gourmet culinary experiences. The tour includes wine tasting, hot air ballooning and escorted visits to many castles and chateaux. Travel to the Loire Valley and enjoy the Chateaux of the Loire Valley tour with SPLENDORS OF EUROPE. You'll have the best vacation trip ever.Visit the hotel, restaurant, and tour photo galleries at the end of this page.
This is a fairy tail land of forests and rivers where the royalty of France built scores of beautiful palatial châteaux. You will visit ten châteaux, and their marvelous gardens, each an architectural masterpiece. You’ll also visit the medieval town of Tours, enjoy a wine tasting and an extraordinary hot air balloon flight over the picturesque valley. You will enjoy refined cuisine and elegant accommodations at your own lovely château in this most majestic region of France.
9 Day Itinerary
SATURDAY International flight to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport
SUNDAY - Arrive at Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris.
Meet your host/guides at the airport. After a brief taxi ride we check you in our Parisian hotel and relax before lunch at a local restaurant.
Get acquainted with your hosts and fellow travelers.
We enjoy a quiet afternoon relaxing in Luxembourg Garden. The garden is attractively located in front of the magnificent Palais du Luxembourg, now the home of the French Senate. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and popular with Parisians.
This evening we enjoy welcome cocktails at our hotel before we savor dinner at an intimate nearby restaurant. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the romantic lights of Paris while cruising on the Seine. L+D
MONDAY - Train to Loire Valley and the town of Tours.
We travel by the world’s fastest train, the TGV to the Loire Valley where we check into our beautiful château. We explore our castle before we enjoy lunch in its elegant dining room.
This afternoon, we visit the Amboise Château and Leonardo da Vinci’s home, Clos-Lucé Castle. This evening we enjoy an elegant dinner at our château. B+L+D
TUESDAY - Ballooning Excursion and Château Chenonceaux
This morning we enjoy a wonderful experience, hot air ballooning over the châteaux of the Loire Valley. We meet our pilots as they prepare the balloon. Soon we’re floating over the Loire Valley, enjoying views of the châteaux, castles, towns, and rivers.
Champagne corks pop when we land and we celebrate our memorable journey.
Today we go to Chenonceaux where we enjoy a splendid lunch.
This afternoon we tour Chenonceaux Château. Spanning the river Cher, this château is considered by many to be the most attractive in the Loire Valley. We also enjoy the two lovely gardens before refreshments on the grounds of the château in a delightful restaurant that was once the stables of the château.
Tonight dinner is enjoyed in the town of Amboise at you leisure. B+L
WEDNESDAY - Château Langeais and Château Villandry
This morning we enjoy the medieval fortress castle of Langeais. This well preserved castle was begun in 1465 for defense against the English. The castle is complete with drawbridge, towers, turrets and huge walls. Inside we see a fine collection of period furnishings and tapestries. We stroll through the small town of Langeais where we enjoy lunch.
This afternoon we visit Villandry. Here we visit not only the wonderful château but the fabulous medieval gardens. This evening we walk through old town Tours with its medieval half-timbered houses and see the gothic Cathedral St-Gatien before dinner at your leisure in town. B+L
THURSDAY – Château Azay-le-Rideau and Château Usse.
This morning we visit château Azay-le-Rideau. Surrounded by a moat, it’s an idyllic picture of a château. It’s considered a jewel with perfect proportions and elegant decoration.
After we enjoy a gourmet lunch at the l’Aigle d’Or in Azay-le-Rideau.
This afternoon we visit Château d’Usse. With its many towers this fairy tail castle is famous for inspiring the legend of Sleeping Beauty.
We stop for a wine tasting before we return to our hotel.
Dinner is enjoyed tonight in the elegant dining room of our chateau. B+L+D
FRIDAY- CHAMBORD & CHEVERNYThis morning we tour the impressive Château de Chambord, built in 1519-1539 for King Francois I. It’s the largest Château in the Loire Valley set on 13,000 acres. WHS
We enjoy lunch on the terrace of the Chambord restaurant with a wonderful view of the château.
This afternoon we tour Cheverny, built in 1606-1634. Cheverny is one of the last and most splendidly decorated and furnished of the château’s.
This evening we leave the Loire by high speed TGV train and travel to the enchanting Chantilly forest where we find another elegant Château accommodation. We check into this luxury Château and enjoy a fine dinner in its restaurant. B+L+D
SATURDAY- Château Chantilly
After breakfast at our Château, we make a visit to the magnificent French Renaissance Château Chantilly.
Chantilly is considered one of the most beautiful in all Europe. Here we visit the Château and the Conde Museum. We see beautiful furnishings and great works by van Dyck, Botticelli, Rubens and many other great masters. We also visit the Museum Vivant du Cheval, with stables fit for a king.
Lunch is enjoyed in the hameau hidden in the trees near the palatial French gardens.
After our visit of Château Chantilly we return to our Château. Here the lovely setting offers splendid forest views and quiet walks around the grounds. Tonight we enjoy an elegant farewell dinner while we regale about your wonderful holiday.B+L+D
SUNDAY - Airport transfer to CDG airport at your convenience and your return flight home, or extend your stay in France. B